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Malinois Breed Summary

Energetic, Intelligent, Affectionate, Loyal and Active

These dogs are a variant of the Belgian Shepherd however, they are sometimes treated as a distinct breed. Here in the UK the Malinois are considered a variant of the Belgian Shepherd.

They are fairly difficult to live with, especially for first-time owners, as they have high energy requirements. For this reason, they probably need to be placed with 'hoomans' who have experience and knowledge of handling the breed.

Fun Fact: There are three other varieties of the Belgian Shepherd, alongside the Malinois!

Kennel Club Group Pastoral
Lifespan 13 – 14 Years
Height (at the withers) Males 60cm – 66 cm, Female 56cm – 62 cm
Weight Male 25kg – 30kg, Female 20kg – 25kg
Coat Coats are Long, with an Outer and Undercoat.
Colour Fawn, Red and Brown
Eye colour Brown
Common health issues Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA), Hip and elbow dysplasia, Cancer, Epilepsy, Hypothyroidism, Retained testicular disease, Skin allergies

These dogs love having a job to complete and because of their energy levels, will need a family who undertakes lots of physical activities that these pooches can join in with. They are therefore not suitable for ‘hoomans’ who enjoy spending a weekend staying in and relaxing and also quite difficult for first-time owners due to the maintenance and time needed to look after them. These dogs are very intelligent, which makes them relatively to train. However, intelligent dogs will pick up quickly on habits that they think they can get away with – so it’s important you watch what they pick up from you and their environment!

The Malinois is a variety of the Belgian Shepherd dog and can be traced back to the Middle Ages! The breed was then re-developed in the late 1800s in Belgium to create four different varieties. It’s thought that the Malinois was named after the region they were developed in. It was in 1891 that they received their breed standard and they have since become increasingly popular. They were also used during WW1 and 2 as messenger dogs as well as pulling ambulance and machine-gun carts! These dogs are now well known across the world and all four varieties are recognised as one breed by the Kennel Club.